Taking Good Care of Your Eyes & Contact Lenses
Now is the perfect time for you to schedule an eye checkup for you and your family, and remember the importance of maintaining healthy eyes. Many problems with your eyes can go undetected, and although your vision may seem good, an eye doctor can uncover any hidden eye diseases early enough to treat them. “For adults age 18 and over, a comprehensive eye exam should be scheduled once every two years. If you are 60 and over, that recommendation jumps to once a year or more if repetitive eye problems occur,” says Deep Dudeja MD. “This is due to the increased risk for conditions like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, which increases as we age.”
In addition to eye exam month, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, participates in spreading the awareness of Contact Lens Health Week (August 20-24). A week designated to increase inform the public on the importance of proper contact lens hygiene and encourage contact lens wearers to adopt healthy habits that can reduce their chances of getting an eye infection.
Here are some ways contact wearers can protect their eyes:
- Wash and rinse hands thoroughly before touching your contacts.
- Do not reuse cleaning solution
- Never wear someone else’s contacts
- Take out your lenses before you go to sleep, even the extended-wear ones
- Always use lens cleaner, eye drops and other disinfecting solution recommended by your ophthalmologist